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受不了亞洲太陽能對手的低價競爭，美國企業又再傳出破產消息！華爾街日報、Renewable Energy World報導，美國太陽能設備製造商Stirling Energy Systems (SES)已於上週五(9月23日)在德拉瓦州破產法庭聲請破產法第7章破產保護，將直接進行清算。 SES先前曾向外探詢是否有買主願意收購，但最後以失敗收場。 RenewableEnergyWorld.com報導，SES由於無法在成本上與對手競爭，因此陷入了破產境地。
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Struggling wireless chip vendor ST-Ericsson NV has announced that it is collaborating with software company Metaio GmbH to support augmented reality with its NovaThor chips for smartphones and tablet computers. Metaio (Munich, Germany) was founded in 2003 and has developed the Unifeye Viewer image recognition system and software design kit.
ST-Ericsson (Geneva, Switzerland) said it would work with Metaio on joint research projects exploring the use of high-definition mobile augmented reality applications, the use of multiple sensors and 3-D stereoscopic imaging.
Augmented reality is a fusion of real-world images and relevant digital information such as text, images and graphics. It uses the ability of camera-equipped mobile devices to recognize buildings and objects based on geolocation information and access to remote databases, which allows contextual information to be drawn down and overlaid. Pioneered in some military applications these technologies are starting to be touted for smartphone and tablet computers.
"We believe that increasing innovation efforts and joint research projects with metaio will considerably boost the number of mobile augmented reality applications available for smartphones and tablets," said Bjoern Ekelund, head of ecosystems and research at ST-Ericsson, in a statement. Ekelund said Nova and NovaThor chips support Metaio's mobile augmented reality SDK and that ST-Ericsson can now offer the SDK to developers.
In 2010 Qualcomm opened its own R&D center for the design and development of augmented reality and related technologies in Vienna, Austria.
- Sep 30 Fri 2011 11:44
Isis, a joint venture between U.S. mobile phone service providers AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, has announced that HTC, LG, Motorola Mobility, RIM, Samsung Mobile and Sony Ericsson will introduce NFC-enabled mobile devices that implement Isis NFC and technology standards for electronic payment.
Isis is working with DeviceFidelity Inc. (Richardson, Texas) to standardize the addition of NFC functionality to cell phones to turn them into electronic wallets, which DeviceFidelity does using a micro-SD card technology.
However, no dates were given for when the phones would be in the market, or when Isis NFC payments would become commonly available, or whether Isis NFC would be deployed outside the United States. Pilot deployments are expected in 2012.
NFC-enabled phones are expected to allow consumers to make payments, store and present loyalty cards and redeem offers at participating merchants with the tap of their phones. However, the industry has been slow to implement the technology as different groups – particularly credit card companies and cell phone service providers – have maneuvered for control of systems in deployment and lobbied for support and critical mass.
"Isis technology standards provide the direction and certainty needed for the development and deployment of NFC devices and the mobile commerce ecosystem," said Scott Mulloy, chief technology officer at Isis, in a statement.
"NFC is the future of mobile payments and will ensure that transactions are done securely from mobile devices," said Christy Wyatt, corporate vice president of software and services product management at Motorola Mobility, in a statement issued by Isis. "Through working with Isis as well as the broader Android ecosystem, we look forward to providing consumers with NFC-enabled handsets that make mobile commerce a reality."
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美商賽靈思（Xilinx, Inc.）宣布將針對重度使用iPhone 的研發業者推出一款APP應用程式，能夠快速且輕鬆判斷賽靈思旗下的28奈米7系列FPGA之功耗。針對蘋果iPhone所推出的Pocket Power Estimator (PPE)應用程式，能讓研發業者判斷賽靈思的28奈米可編程平台和其他方案的功耗表現，瞭解何者能為其系統提供最低功耗。業者即日起可至Apple App Store網站下載PPE程式，透過情境假設得到預測功耗的立即回饋，並能與其他方案進行比較。若想獲得更詳細的功耗分析，可進一步運用賽靈思ISE Design Suite的XPower Estimator (XPE) 以及XPower Analyzer (XPA)。
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